Animal Architects Paperback – Apr 1 2006
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Gr. 3-5. From towering dirt skyscrapers held together with termite "spit" to sturdy beaver lodges made of logs sawed by teeth, the structures that animals build are awe-inspiring feats of natural architecture and engineering. In this slim Australian import, Nicholson introduces some of them in chapters that divide animals by their construction techniques: burrowing, weaving, carpentry, and bricklaying. He also includes nomads, such as turtles and shellfish, which carry their homes with them. Precise colored-pencil illustrations show compelling cross sections of the structures as well as step-by-step images that demonstrate the building process. Throughout, Nicholson's accessible text focuses on amazing facts that will captivate children. A winner of the Eve Pownall Award for information books from the Children's Book Council of Australia, this will serve students looking for material for assignments as well as for browsing, and teachers will find plenty of information to enliven science units. Direct students seeking a more sophisticated treatment to Karl von Frisch's excellent Animal Architecture (1974). Gillian Engberg
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